When DSST Tests Are Available
DSST tests may be taken at official testing centers on a rolling schedule throughout the year. There are no program-wide testing dates, so each testing center sets individual DSST test dates. Students may search on the DSST website (getcollegecredit.com) to find the closest testing center, then contact their selected location directly to inquire about testing dates and schedule their exams. Most of the approximately 1,200 DSST testing centers are located at colleges and universities.
DSST Testing Overview
- DSST tests are available in both paper-based and computer-based formats.
- Each test takes about two hours to complete.
- Most tests comprise 100 multiple-choice questions.
- Each test costs approximately $80, not including any testing center fees.
- Active-duty members of the military and veterans may have DSST exam fees funded or reimbursed as part of their military benefits.
- Students can use their DSST test scores to earn course credits at around 2,000 colleges and universities.
- Students can choose from around 30 exams in the academic areas of technology, social sciences, physical science, math, humanities and business.
How To Prepare for Your DSST Test Date
Understand What You'll be Asked on the Test
DSST offers free fact sheets for each exam online. Fact sheets provide an overview of content and sample questions. Practice exams are also available online for a fee.
Review Test Center Procedures
Test-takers must present a valid photo identification when checking in for their test. Cell phones, electronics and study materials are prohibited during the test.
Utilize Study Guides and Prep Courses
Study.com offers more than two dozen DSST prep courses online, each featuring video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Video lessons are brief, about 5-10 minutes each, and can be watched at your convenience, at home or on the go using your mobile device. A progress tracking tool helps you stay on top of the lessons you've watched and chapter exams and practice tests help you prepare for test day.
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